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During the growth of the state in the first part of the early modern period, the office of intendant or commissioner played a major role. Based on medieval precursors, among which commissions, common in the ecclesiastical sphere, played a pioneering role, an intendant was meant to have a special area of responsibility or supervisory function towards the existing government and the traditional civil servants – a distinction represented by the English contrastive terms office and commission [4]. The result was often conflict with the structures and hierarchies of …

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Schmidt, Peer, “Intendant”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021487>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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